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Students taking Long Term Care Administration spent a rewarding and educational day at the Barren River Adult Day Care.
“I really enjoyed visiting Barren River Adult Day Care. The clients seem to really enjoy their time there and the people that work there seem to really love their jobs. This is the second time I have been there and hope to visit more,” said WKU student Alix Lung.
Every semester, students in the Long Term Care Administration Certificate Program complete several off-campus visits to tour organizations that provide long term care services. These experiences provide students with an opportunity to interact with residents and clients, meet caregivers and support staff and hear from current leaders and professionals in health care. “Each year, one of the most popular locations that students appreciate and enjoy is an opportunity to visit the adult day center,” said Instructor Melanie Eaton.
Barren River Adult Day Care is owned and operated by Commonwealth Health Corporation. Providing both medical and social support activities for its adult clients and their caregivers in the 10-county BRADD area, the facility has been recognized as one of the best in the state. Steve Creekmore, Barren River Adult Day Care Director, is always willing to provide tours to students, sharing personal and professional success stories to aspiring leaders in the Health Care Administration program at WKU.
As a WKU alumnus, he sees value in exposing students to the various opportunities and in particular, his chosen profession. “I’m always eager to meet the students each semester. We enjoy having them and see it as an opportunity to give back to a community that is so generous to both our clients and staff,” Creekmore said.
Other locations that students typically tour each semester include Hospice of Southern Kentucky, Massey Springs Senior Living Community, Home Instead Senior Care and Christian Care Communities of Bowling Green.
For information about the Health Care Administration degree at WKU, visit www.wku.edu/publichealth.
Contact: Melanie Eaton, (270) 745-5854